North of Boston/Merrimack Valley offers plenty of rich shellfish beds for vacation fun
Town of Ipswich, 25 Green Street Ipswich, MA, 01938 Phone: 978-356-6600
Gloucester City Clerk, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester, MA Phone: 978-281-9720
Fees: Annual non-resident fee for clams and seaworms is $200. One-day fee for clams and seaworms is $25. All permits expire June 30 of each year.
Contact Information: The Shellfish Department hotline is 978-281- 9741. Shellfish constable is Dave Sargent. Email: http://gloucester-ma.gov/forms.aspx?FID=41
6 Plum Island Turnpike Newburyport, MA, 01950 Phone: 978-465-5753
Fees: Refuge shellfishing permits are issued free of charge, but there is a daily entrance fee of $5 per vehicle at the Plum Island area. Annual entrance passes are available
Hours: Shellfishing is allowed sunrise to sunset. The Plum Island portion of the refuge is closed when the parking lot is full. Access to refuge shellfishing areas may be prohibited due to factors like public health concerns. This information is available by calling 978-356-6671.
Parking: Access from the refuge to all flats is from designated parking areas and by foot only. Parking for shellfishing is permitted in designated lots only and is on a first come-first served basis. These lots are at refuge subheadquarters and maintenance area in Newbury, Nelson Island and Hellcat/lot 4 in Rowley, lot 6 and three reserved clamming lots in Ipswich. All vehicles must display a valid refuge decal (issued with the refuge permit).